Animal Lover Gifts (Cat and Chicken Lovers)!

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It’s no secret that I’m a cat lover. I’m an animal lover in general, but cats are my true loves. You may have seen the evidence in this post previously. I’m an out and proud, bone-fide, card carrying member of the Crazy Cat Lady Club. I’ve always loved cats, but it was this little addition to our family that pushed me over the edge into that crazy “I just want to talk about cats all day” mentality. She came into my life when I really needed to have someone to love and care for. As a completely deaf kitten, she needed an indoor home, time, patience and love to train her in alternative ways. We were the perfect fit for each other. We needed each other.

We’re the apple of each others eyes! Of course I love our other two cats too, but Pearl is constantly by my side (or on my lap!). She does’t even let my husband so much as stroke her. She’s my girl. I hate leaving her, and if I’m not at home, she sits on my side of the bed until I come back – pining for me while I’m gone!

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When we had her, the rescue shelter had already named her Pearl and it suited her perfectly. But we soon began calling her Pearl Bowie, due to her multicoloured eyes. I often sing “She’s got David Bowie Eyes,” to her to the tune of that Kim Carnes Bettie Davis Eyes song (wouldn’t you just love to be a fly on the way in our bonkers house?!). Mr T says it’s just as well she can’t hear me!

So imagine my reaction when I saw my IG friend Sharon of Daisy Lions was creating a “Bowie Cat” character! A Ziggy Stardust-inspired little white cat! I just had to have him when he was finished! A Bowie Cat for my own Bowie-eyed cat!

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Pearl gave it a good inspection on arrival and gave it a massive paws-up and a purr of approval!

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We both love it very much!

Being the good egg that she is, Sharon suggested a craft swap – so I created a personalised peg doll in return for the cat.

Sharon is an animal lover too. Her dog Daisy inspired the name of her business, and she spends her days dreaming up all sorts of cute and crazy animal characters that she brings to life through textiles and watercolour. Sharon described the clothes she’d love to see on her doll. However, I couldn’t resist adding a cheeky little extra character based on her beautiful little crazy chicks!

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Here she is all pyrographed and sanded before I set to colouring her:

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I loved the bright colours Sharon requested! So lovely to work with and really eye catching on the finished peg doll.

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Instagram can be such a wonderful community, and it was a pleasure to create a personalised peg doll for someone who has become such a supportive and lovely friend over the past few years through this particular form of social media.

You can see Sharon’s amazing creations and funky chicks, foxes, owls, bees and other colourful characters here in her beautiful Folksy Shop!

If you’re looking for a gift for an animal lover, Sharon and I would both love to help you out!

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New Year – New Name!

Happy 2019 Peg Dolls fans!

We’re delighted to be back to work creating beautiful personalised peg dolls for you to treasure.

You may have noticed a few little changes around here! Our business is now called Doli Dwt. It’s a new name, but we promise the same lovely peg dolls, the same attention to detail and the same warm, friendly and personal service!

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The name Pink Elephant Crafts served me well the past 15 years, whilst I dabbled in various arts and crafts. However, it was time to chose a name that fits with my peg dolls, whilst proudly reflecting our Welsh heritage.

I’d been mulling over (just in my head), about a re-brand to better represent what I do for about six months, when my mum serendipitously told me about a dream she had.

She dreamt that she visited our house one day, and lined up outside were life-sized versions of my peg dolls in all different costumes. Along side them was a sign saying “Ty Doli Bach”, which means “little doll house”.

This thought stuck with me and I played around with it in my head for a few days. I soon dropped the “house” in favour of “dwt” , which is Welsh slang for someone who is tiny or cute.

Little Doll….so perfect! Thank you Mum for the inspiration!

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I also must take the time to thank you for a fantastic year in 2018. Each purchase; every like, comment or share on social media, has absolutely meant the world to Mr T and I. I love making my little peg dolls, and without you to make them for it would all be pretty pointless!

We had a brilliant Christmas market season – it was lovely to meet many of you in person across South Wales! It was also a thrill sending parcels to those of you (around the world) who bought items from our webshop too!

Our Nativity sets with the new addition of Kings, new Mr & Mrs Claus (pictured above) and of course those robin baubles, were extremely popular. Thank you for your amazing reaction to them all.

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Don’t forget if you’d like to chat about creating some personalised peg dolls just for you, drop me a line using our contact form.

Here’s to 2019! Wishing you all a fabulous year filled with laughter, love, health and happiness!

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Personalised Peg Doll Family – H&N Part Two

Last week I shared a post about a set of peg dolls commissioned for a lovely couple, H and her husband, by their daughter in law. You can catch it here if you missed it! When H received her personalised peg doll set, she was so thrilled with them that she got in touch straight away to ask if I could also create her three sons to complete their family.

So here they are:

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For once, I remembered to take some in-process photos so that I can share how each one is made with you. Hooray me!

I even filmed burning one of them from start to finish, in real time, if you’d like a peep into the work that goes into my peg dolls.

This is how the peg doll looks when he is ready for colouring:

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And here’s the finished article after hours of colouring by hand. I loved recreating his floral tie.

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H’s next son was to wear his favourite teams’ football kit. This is actually a remake of a peg doll I’ve made before, for H’s daughter in law. It’s always a lovely feeling to be asked to make a personalised peg doll a second time!

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Here you can see me carefully adding some of the details to his t-shirt.

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The final peg doll is proudly wearing his Navy uniform.

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This was a lot of fun for me to recreate, and it’s the first Navy uniform I’ve been commissioned to make. Also, it gave me the opportunity to break out the gold paint  which is reserved for the most special occasions!

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I loved adding these tiny painted details with a fine brush!

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So if like H, you want a personalised peg doll family, have a look at the information here. Then drop me a line using the contact form.

Personalised Peg Doll Family – H&N Part One

Earlier this year, I was asked to make a personalised peg doll couple and their pet dogs as a special gift for a lovely pair of in-laws. As always, I was excited by the new commission and couldn’t wait to get started on their peg dolls.

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The couple had great outfits which were bright and distinct. This is always really important as it makes each personalised peg doll immediately recognisable to the recipients when they get them!

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The lady doll had a really vibrant jumper and I loved adding the cute necklace detail too!

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The gentleman had a jumper with really distinctive coloured stripes and a  heavily-cabled pattern. I’d only drawn a cabled pattern once before, here, on a very dark cardigan. There was nowhere to hide or room for error this time though! With the bright colours involved, the cabling pattern would be very clear. But you know me and how much I enjoy a challenge. I loved creating the pattern on the jumper and was pleased with the finished result.

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As well as the humans, I also had 3 dogs to add to the peg doll family. It was a lot of fun catching the individual details and characters of each one!

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It is amazing how they come into their own once you start adding the colour.

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It’s always great to hear back from my customers that the peg dolls went down as a great success! It’s even better when their recipients get in touch themselves too!  H was so pleased with the gift from her daughter in law that she asked if I could possibly create her three sons too, to complete their set. Brilliant!

 

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Pop back next week for Part II, where I will share the rest of this gorgeous peg doll family with you. I’m looking forward to introducing three young men with three very different styles!

Until then, as always,

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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Personalised Peg Doll Family – A True Gift of Love

My fellow Creativepreneur Jo, of Crafty Jo Designs, contacted me last year in order to ask if I could create a peg doll family for her niece for Christmas.  Jo makes amazing floral creations, from “forever flowers” to beautiful floral necklaces that are definite show stoppers. Take a peep at her gorgeous work in detail on her website.

Here are the beautiful peg doll family themselves:

Mum’s dress was initially a challenge, but I absolutely loved recreating it once I got going! 

She had a gorgeous dress in the photo I was sent to work from, from what I could see of it. But she was slightly obscured in the photo and I couldn’t be sure of a few things, so I got in back in touch with Jo to see if she had any more details. Eventually, after a lot of web searching, we were able to find the dress online for me to work from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I pride myself on primarily using coloured pencil for my peg dolls, sometimes I use other materials when the commission calls for it. This was one of those cases.

In order to get the best representation of the swirling galaxy colours of the dress, I used water colours blended directly on the wood. Once dry, I then flicked small flashes of white and black paint on top to create the star-like flecks.

It was great to experiment with a different technique and I think it worked really well for this particular peg doll.

Dad was cool too! With his distinctive hair, glasses and jumper he was great to personalise.

A particular special touch was added here. Jo shared the couple met at Glastonbury, and asked if I could incorporate festival tickets as a nod to this. As always, I’m only too pleased to work in such a special detail on my peg dolls.
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Jo tipped me off that the couple love the band New Order, and asked if I could dress their young toddler in something that reflected this. I searched through the band’s album art and merchandise and we agreed on this:peg doll family, new order,  peg doll family, peg doll couple

Not long after Jo’s niece had received her peg doll family came another call for a new little addition! I was so pleased to arrange this surprise for them on behalf of Jo. A true gift of love! Working together, we decided to link him to the existing peg dolls using blue colours like his mum and brother. Additionally, his initial forms a big red monogram like on dad’s jumper.peg doll family, baby peg doll, tiny peg doll

I was completely delighted to be able to complete this peg doll family with this tiny addition.

Can I make some peg doll magic for you? Drop me a line using the contact form so that we can get chatting about your ideas!

Cwtch ♥ Mawr

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